Single Family Home Starts up 2.8%

Although multi-family housing was down again this month - there is a little sun shining on the single family market.

Initial construction of U.S. homes and building permits both sank to record lows in April, according to a government report released Tuesday May, 19th, but the same report also showed signs of stabilization in the single-family core of the housing market.

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Union Pacific Dining Lodge

With a lot of interest and phone calls coming in this month from our feature RMR website photo, I though it prudent to run the UPDL project as this months feature project. In 2007, RMR was awarded the bid and opportunity to do a full structural remodel on the UPDL building.  Consisting of log & timber, structural steel, masonry, electrical, HVAC, roofing, and finishes upgrades, the challenge was performing all scope to be hidden to the eye.  Each and every upgrade was completed with the end goal of keeping the historic structure unchanged by view and design.  The project was a striking success. View a photo gallery Read the rest of entry »

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